Getting Creative with Recovery

Sara Kropf, RDMT, LCATSara Kropf, RDMT, LCAT is a primary/creative arts therapist and the activities coordinator at the New York Center for Living. Take a moment to close your eyes. Imagine an earlier self. Recall a memory when a song came on that spoke to you. Think about a time you wrote a poem, painted […]

Yoga for Recovery

Nadine Raia, LMSW, CASAC-TNadine Raia, LMSW, CASAC-T is a primary therapist at the New York Center for Living and a Yoga teacher with multiple certifications including for addiction and trauma. “Yoga is not about the shape of our bodies, it’s about the shape of our lives.”—Adhil Palahivala Moving With IntentionSeptember is both National Recovery Month […]

Boundaries: One Path to Respectful Relationships in Recovery… and Beyond

By Andre Vilarinho, LMFTAndre is a family therapist at New York Center for Living. Boundaries are the guiding principles that govern healthy and respectful relationships. In the context of substance abuse recovery, understanding the importance of establishing and maintaining boundaries is foundational for all family members. Our boundaries define what is acceptable, promote self-respect, and […]

Forgiveness, Recovery, and Why it Matters

By Isabelle Adams, LMSWIsabelle Adams, LMSW is a family therapist at the New York Center for Living. The American Psychological Association (APA) defines forgiveness as “willfully putting aside feelings of resentment toward someone who has committed a wrong, been unfair or hurtful, or otherwise harmed you in some way.” When entering recovery from a substance […]

The Scary, Mostly Hidden Truth About Cannabis and Mental Illness

Over the last approximately 25 years, the medicalization and legalization of marijuana throughout much of the United States have promoted the myth that marijuana is not a dangerous drug. An accumulating body of research, including a recent analysis of fifty years of population data from Denmark, suggests that contrary to the myth, cannabis use disorder […]

My Favorite Parenting Advice: “Say ‘No’ Early and Often”

Dr. Collins, the Medical Director at the New York Center for Living, has practiced addiction psychiatry for nearly 30 years. My favorite piece of parenting advice, “Say ‘No’ early and often,” might sound unkind, even harsh, but it is neither. Saying “No” to your children, ideally with kindness, is one of the most important steps […]

College Recovery Program for Young Adults in the Age of COVID

Participation in NYCFL’s College Recovery Program can be a life saver By Audrey Freshman, PHD, LCSW and John McAteer, LCSW New York Center for Living is a nonprofit treatment program licensed by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports. It is designed to offer mental health and substance use services to adolescents, […]